Breeders’ Cup

Baffert: ‘Pretty Strong’ Classic Contingent Have ‘All Got To Get By Gun Runner’

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has a four-wide contingent headed for the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar: defending champion Arrogate, Pacific Classic winner Collected, Travers/Pennsylvania Derby winner West Coast, and Awesome Again winner Mubtaahij. “It’s a pretty strong group that I have in the Classic,” Baffert told thoroughbredracing.com in an interview this week. […]

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Breeders’ Cup Pre-Entry Announcement To Be Streamed Live Oct. 25

Pre-entered fields for the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be announced via a live stream on www.breederscup.com, the Breeders’ Cup Official Mobile App and Facebook Live on Wednesday, October 25 at 11:30 a.m. ET. The 34th Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 Grade 1 races with purses and awards totaling more than $28 […]

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Arrogate Turns In Sharp Seven-Furlong Work At Santa Anita

Defending Breeders’ Cup Classic champion Arrogate continued his preparation for the 2017 edition with a sharp seven-furlong drill Monday morning at Santa Anita. According to Jay Privman of the Daily Racing Form, Arrogate came out after the second renovation break. Piloted by Rafael Bejarano, Arrogate covered the seven furlongs in 1:25.40. The 4-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song […]

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Del Mar’s Superintendent Moore Preparing For A Fourth Breeders’ Cup

Dennis Moore took over the track superintendent role at Del Mar in early 2017, beginning with an overhaul of the dirt surface ahead of the summer meet. According to the San Diego Union Tribune, Moore’s efforts, coupled with new protocols for training hours and officials, helped to decreased the number of equine fatalities from the massive […]

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Gunnevera ‘Easily’ Fires Another Bullet At Gulfstream Park West

Multiple graded-stakes winner Gunnevera topped the worktab for the fourth consecutive time Sunday morning at Gulfstream Park West, where the Antonio Sano-trained 3-year-old colt breezed five furlongs in 1:00 under Edgard Zayas The son of Dialed In turned in the fastest of 16 recorded workouts at the distance in preparation for a scheduled start in the $6 million Breeders’ […]

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Heart To Heart ‘Comfortable,’ Oscar Performance ‘Great’ In Keeneland Works

Trainer Brian Lynch put his two Breeders’ Cup grass hopefuls through half-mile works Sunday morning over a firm Keeneland turf course. Working first with jockey Julien Leparoux aboard was Terry Hamilton’s Heart to Heart, who covered the distance in :49.20 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:02.20. Next up was Amerman Racing’s three-time Grade 1 winner Oscar Performance, who covered […]

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Likely Juvenile Favorite Bolt D’Oro Breezes Five Furlongs At Santa Anita

Owned and trained by Mick Ruis, 2-year-old Bolt d’Oro is widely regarded as the likely favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Del Mar in two weeks. The Medaglia d’Oro colt put in a five-furlong breeze at Santa Anita Park on Sunday, cruising through five furlongs in 1:01.40 under regular jockey Corey Nakatani. “I thought […]

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West Coast ‘Not Even Blowing’ After Classic Breeze With Hoppertunity

Gary and Mary West’s 3-year-old colt West Coast had his penultimate breeze before the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Sunday, working six furlongs in a bullet 1:12.40 at Santa Anita. Under Drayden Van Dyke, the son of Flatter went in company with Hoppertunity for trainer Bob Baffert, passing his workmate in the stretch. “He walks off […]

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Highland Reel Headlines Ballydoyle’s Breeders’ Cup Contingent

Highland Reel set himself up for the defense of his Breeders’ Cup Turf crown with a meritorious run in defeat in the Champion Stakes at Ascot. Aidan O’Brien’s globetrotter finished third to Cracksman on unsuitably soft ground, but conditions are expected to be far more in his favor at Del Mar on November 4. O’Brien […]

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Baffert: Abel Tasman’s Seven-Furlong Gate Work ‘Went Really Well’

China Horse Club and Clearsky Farm’s multiple Grade 1 winner Abel Tasman breezed from the gate Sunday morning at Santa Anita Park, her penultimate move prior to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Del Mar. The 3-year-old daughter of Elusive Quality was ridden by Mike Smith to an official time of 1:25.60, according to drf.com, avoiding a broken […]

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